Political allies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed investigators Friday over their handling of corruption probes involving the premier، as Likud lawmakers and activists attended an annual gathering of the party faithful، The Times of Israel reported.
Netanyahu، who police have recommended be charged in three separate criminal cases، has upped his criticism of the investigations since calling early Knesset elections for April 9، and says Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit should not summon him for a pre-indictment hearing before then since it could not be wrapped up by election day.
While Mandelblit has largely been spared from direct criticism by Netanyahu and fellow Likud lawmakers، they have claimed that the attorney general is being pressured by the media and members of the legal establishment to announce his intention to indict the prime minister pending a hearing before elections.
“I’ve know Mandelblit for many years، including in the army. He is a fair and honest man، but around him are a group of people who I’d say are ‘complicated’ and will press him until the end to say something concerning Netanyahu،” Culture Minister Miri Regev، a vocal Netanyahu supporter، said on the sidelines of the “Leumiada” gathering in Eilat